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Helictotrichon sempervirens (Blue Oat Grass) in California garden with chairs

Summer-Dry Plants and Gardens

The Summer-Dry Project is an on-going initiative to provide gardeners in summer-dry, mediterranean climates authentic photos that encourage sustainable garden practices.

We want to change the aesthetic of what gardeners typically see in photos for summer-dry climates.  Beautiful photos of beautiful gardens inspire gardeners to mimic what they see. At Summer-Dry you will find a searchable database of photos, all taken in mature gardens that illustrate how plants grow in real settings.

We are also helping to update the landscape plant database for California, WUCOLS, (Water Use Classification of Landscape Species) that guides gardeners and designers to determine water use in compliance with the Model Water Efficiency Landscape Ordinance MWELO, the state mandated ordinance to increase water efficiency standards for new and retrofitted landscapes.

Our new book Gardening in Summer-Dry Climates (Timber Press, January 2021) completely revises the classic Plants and Landscapes for Summer-Dry Climates by recognizing the entire Pacific West Coast as a summer-dry climate, and expands the plant lists with detailed information that helps gardeners in each region choose plants that will work with their own local version the summer-dry climate.

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